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Jana Chovancová
October 30, 2022, 11:00am
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How To Manage Your Long-Haul Flight? Tips And Tricks That Will Make Your Travels More Pleasant

“Oh, that Australia. I want to go there, but... what the hell am I going to do for 20+ hours on a plane?” If your voice in your head is saying something like that, read some travel tips and shut it up.

Jana Chovancová
October 30, 2022, 11:00am
Reading time: 4:51
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How To Manage Your Long-Haul Flight? Tips And Tricks That Will Make Your Travels More Pleasant
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Air transport is considered the safest in the world. Statistically, the probability of a person losing their life in a plane crash is less than 1 in 13 million. You can read why people are afraid of flying and whether something can be done about it in this article. Today, however, we are dealing with tips and tricks on how to make airplane flights more enjoyable and as comfortable as possible.

Long-haul flights last more than seven hours. During this time, a lot can be accomplished in the ordinary world, but in a closed tube with limited space, the range of activities that can be performed is also narrowed. That's why we asked people who fly often about their tried-and-true gadgets via a poll on Instagram. Thanks to these tips, your next plane trip can be an experience, not an ordeal.



Earplugs and headphones with active noise cancellation

The plane is noisy. Let's first divide the noise into internal and external. Inside, the source of noise is most often people. Whether it's small babies crying or a group of young people intoxicated with alcohol who no longer notice their noise. However, even a classic conversation can disrupt your peaceful journey if someone is leading it on the seat next to you.


Outside noise may vary during air travel. The noisiest moments are takeoff and landing, when the noise level can reach up to 105 decibels. This figure is comparable to the noise level at a discotheque. At flight level, the noise is reduced to 85 decibels, we can compare it to, for example, a started motorcycle. If the human ear is exposed to high decibels for a long time, permanent damage can occur.


Therefore, the next time you go on a trip to the opposite end of the world, think about your hearing. Many airlines will automatically offer you headphones that can be plugged into the device in the seat in front of you, but they're not always the best choice. They do not suppress the noise from the surroundings.

Take earplugs or headphones with active noise cancellation on board. You can listen to music more quietly through them, and yet you won't hear the story of an upset James from the alley in front of you


Bluetooth adapter

This device is the key to being able to comfortably listen to music or podcasts through your wireless headphones on the plane. You can sit in a comfortable position and not worry that someone will step on your cable. You simply plug the adapter into the device on the plane, connect with headphones and I wanna fly with you babeeee.


Neck pillow

Yes, a really good choice for a 12 hour flight sitting. If you're a petite girl, you'll probably fit in a small seat more easily than a sex feet tall basketball player. Therefore, short people generally have an easier time finding a sleeping position. But what about those whose knees are at the level of the lower sled and whose head peeks out from behind the seat?

For cervical spine pain, you can use, for example, a U-shaped pillow that you put around your head. They are made of various pleasant materials, the cover is mostly made of cotton or plush. The filling can be made of microspheres, but there are also inflatable pillows that you can customize better. 


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A blanket

The air conditioning in the plane is strong. Passengers often seek out flight attendants and ask them to turn up the temperature. It may not please you, but if you decide to do that next time, it probably won't help you much. The difference in temperature will be minimally noticeable, and you needlessly disturbed the flight attendant, who is in charge of a lot of other things.

Airline employees know that it's cold on the plane. Therefore, several companies offer blankets to passengers immediately upon arrival on the plane. Once again, however, this may not apply everywhere, or the blanket from the plane may not be enough for you. It's a good idea to bring your own and be sure your ears won't freeze by the time you get to Los Angeles. After all, who doesn't want to look like a Mexican burrito?


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Eye mask

Shades on airplane windows must be open during takeoff and landing. The reason is passenger safety. During the evacuation of the plane, the passengers are under stress and do not think about what might be waiting for them outside. The priority is to get off the plane. But how will you know if it's safe if you have a shaded window? How can you see if one of the engines is burning outside? Only through the window.


You can use a shade during the flight if the sun is shining in your eyes. However, if you're not sitting by the window and your passenger wants to enjoy the ocean view, you don't have much of a choice. You can cover yourself with a blanket from head to toe, but it may not be pleasant and you can easily breathe air in your bunker. So take a sleeping mask instead. There are several variants, colors and materials. The choice is up to you, whether you take plush pink, cotton blue or satin black.


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Comfortable clothes

I guess that goes without saying, right? No one would probably want to sit for several hours in jeans and a leather jacket. Take comfortable sweatpants. The pressure changes in the plane. During ascent, everything expands, while descending, the opposite is true. You can also notice it, for example, on a plastic water bottle.

However, in addition to objects, the human body also expands and it is natural to feel bloated on a plane. Think about it next time you fly and wear comfortable and loose pants. A loose long-sleeved t-shirt or sweatshirt is also suitable.


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Leg holder


During long flights, when a person does not move and only sits, blood accumulates in the lower limbs. This can cause the legs to feel heavy and numb. At home, you would probably put your feet up on a stool in that case. However, you don't have this option on the plane. But do not despair, there is a solution.


The solution is a leg holder. This clever thing filled with memory foam will give you comfort and is very easy to use. First you hang the straps on the table and then your feet on the holder. Ta-da.


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Compression socks or nylons


And finally, if you travel a lot and want to prevent thrombosis, a leg holder will not be enough for you. You must have noticed, that during a long sitting the blood concentrates in the legs. However, this can cause serious complications. For example, the formation of blood clots on the walls of blood vessels. A blood clot can travel through the bloodstream and stop in the pulmonary arteries. This condition is called a pulmonary embolism and is life-threatening.

You can prevent it with compression socks or stockings. No, young men, there is no shame in wearing stockings. In general, but especially not on the plane. They are specially created from a solid material that tightens the lower limbs, thus helping to improve blood circulation. Remember this on your next flight, health is paramount.


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